Swanning about down by the lake
Fishermen enjoy messing about on Lough Derravaragh in northern Westmeath. And it's an inviting sort of place - tranquil and pastoral - surrounded by native deciduous trees and crowded with wild water birds.
Various species of swan haunt the waters, and legend has it that the swans once counted among their number the Children of Lir. Cursed by their stepmother, they were swans for 900 years, the first 300 of which they spent near their father's castle on Lough Derravaragh.
About two kilometres from the lake as the crow flies - or indeed the swan - stands this large detached stone-fronted house on 1.3 acres of grounds in the townland of Tuitestown. It has views of Knockeyon, the 700ft hill rising above the southeastern corner of the lake.
The house was designed by an architect and built to be energy efficient. With geothermal underfloor heating, solar panels, triple-glazed windows and a heat recovery system, it has a BER of A3.
There are four bedrooms, and the master has a large walk-in wardrobe measuring just under 12ft by 5ft, as well as an even bigger en-suite bathroom (8ft10 by 19ft8) with a free-standing bath and a power shower.
By way of reception rooms, there's a high-ceilinged living room with a wall-inset fireplace, a wood-floored dining room, a sitting room with a wood floor, and a study.
The kitchen is roughly 20ft square and has skylights and a granite-topped centre island with a breakfast bar. Two steps rise from the kitchen to the dining area.
The nearest village is Crookedwood, about three kilometres away, while the town of Mullingar is about a 15-minute drive. Dublin is about an hour away down the N4/M4.
The property is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Davitt & Davitt in Mullingar (044) 934 0000 and has an asking price of €419,950.